Poetry and pornography

When a classmate and I found ourselves at a poetry reading on Cherokee Street recently (one of my classes requires me to attend an off-campus poetry reading), it was nothing at all like what we were expecting.

Lauren Alley | Contributing Writer

‘Don Jon’ review: Gordon-Levitt flick entertaining, sometimes uncomfortable

Before “Don Jon” was released, Joseph Gordon-Levitt went around promoting his “daring new comedy” and talked about how it deals with the effect of media on today’s society. After seeing it, I have to ask myself, did it?

Elena Wandzilak | Staff Writer

Washington University protects its brand from porn

What pops up when you search for www.wustl.xxx on the internet? Nothing—and it will stay that way. In response to the upcoming launch of internet “.xxx” domains, the University has preemptively blocked its trademarked names from being scooped up by pornography companies. According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the new .

| News Editor

Porn stars can read too

A few weeks ago, Sasha Grey took part in Read Across America. She read a book to a group of underprivileged first graders at Emerson Elementary School in Los Angeles. The story should have ended there. Sasha Gray used to be a porn star, however, and that changes everything. When the story came out, the students’ parents reacted with outrage.

| Forum Editor

Female approved porn

In a day and age where porn grosses an estimated $14 billion annually in the United States alone, and an estimated $97 billion worldwide, sex consumption out-monies the vast majority of industries, including top-grossing Hollywood movies such as “Avatar” and “Gone with the Wind.” Statistics reported by Family Safe Media state that 42.7 percent of Internet users view porn—nearly half!

| Sex Columnist